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Great Lakes Center for the Arts to Break Ground in July 2016.

The Great Lakes Center for the Arts (GLCA) has been a vision for the Northwest Michigan region since 1999 when a regional Community Cultural Plan identified the need for additional art facilities that would help enhance year round cultural tourism.

glca buildingThe GLCA will bring world class performances and entertainment to the entire Northern Michigan region, offering the highest caliber programming across all genres of music, dance, theater, movies and film as well as intellectual dialogue and impactful arts education programs. The Center is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit and will operate year round, focusing on collaborating throughout the year with various other arts organizations across the region.

The 500 seat Center is closing in on its $25 Million dollar capitol campaign and a groundbreaking ceremony is being planned for July of 2016. The full facility is expected to be open in June of 2018 and will also house a multipurpose room for major events, and a rooftop deck and lounge overlooking Lake Michigan.

In addition to attracting thousands of visitors from around the region, the center will employ a minimum of ten executive positions with an annual payroll of nearly $1 Million dollars in the first year alone.

The Center is dedicated to quality and is working with Michael Kaiser, President Emeritus of the Kennedy Center in Washington DC and Chairman of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management and New York based Fisher Dachs Associates to truly make this a showcase facility that has both the technical capabilities while matching the unsurpassed beauty of the Northern Michigan landscape.

To learn more about the Great Lakes Center for the Arts, please click the link below for a short video showcasing the project. or visit

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